Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Eddie Logix

Eddie Logix
Photo by Jessica Merkle

Eddie Logix is a well-known and highly respected Producer-Artist-Engineer in the Detroit music scene. With a multitude of projects on the go at any one time, we at AMBY were excited to carve out some time to sit down with The Maestro himself and discuss his musical happenings. Check out our conversation below where we talk about the comeback of the cassette, nine-foot jellyfish, and what it means to be CoOwnaz.

AMBY: I just want to thank you, first of all, for sitting down with me today. To start things off for our readers, who is Eddie Logix?

EL: Who is Eddie Logix? I’m just a music fan; a listener and an artist, just trying to figure it out. I would say I’m a producer and an engineer. I rap every once in a while and have been in some rap groups; I’m also an electronic musician. I would say, overall, that I’m an artist – a music artist.

AMBY: So you live here in Detroit – a city with a rich history of Electronic Music. Has living here influenced your musical style?

EL: Oh yeah, for sure. The Detroit electronic music scene has a rich history and deep roots. A lot of the sounds we enjoy in modern day electronic music originated here, and in places nearby like Chicago, but Detroit has always been at the forefront of a lot of musical movements and new genres and such. I would say I’m just as much influenced by that as I am the Motown sound that was born here. I take all of these things into consideration when making music. You have to know where you come from, know your roots and your surroundings and sometimes it’s an unconscious thing – you don’t even think about it, you go about the city and go to other peoples shows without realizing the history that is in these buildings. I used to live in, and had a studio at, a loft in Eastern Market in the same building where some of that early techno had been produced. I am sure that energy made it into my music. The musical energy of the city will always linger.

AMBY: Let’s talk about Jellyfish on Cassette. This is a “down-tempo electronic collaboration by BLKSHRK which is comprised of yourself and producer/composer Blair French. Tell me a bit about the project and how to the two of you got together.

EL: I’ve known Blair for a long time. We come from a very similar background – coming up through hip hop, making beats and rapping. So here we were, two producer-rapper guys, both making beats and producing similar types of music, running in the same circles. I had always known of him and respected his work. The first time I met him he was doing a remix of a track from one of my hip hop groups and we just hit it off. It felt like we had known each other a long time. We started off passing tracks back and forth to each other and eventually he started getting into ambient music with more electronic sounds and weird beats. He scored a movie, Detropia, and I helped with some mixing of it. I really got interested in what he was doing with the ambient sounds and felt my own sound evolve, moving left of traditional hip hop. We decided to make something together, which was a very organic process, coming about from both of us pushing ourselves to do something different; to just be free with the project. We used a lot of tools for creation – MPC’S, SP-303’s, 202’s, foot pedals, keyboards, synths and the 404, all of which we would tweak on the fly – and started to make something we were really happy about. A lot of this came from improvisation, like tweaking stuff and pushing buttons until we were like “oh, that’s cool… let’s go with that”. We took a short break from it to work on other projects and when we came back to it we realized we had made something pretty special and the final cuts of that project make up Jellyfish on Cassette. For this project the plan was always to do a cassette. From the beginning we were like “let’s do a tape…”

AMBY: That was my next question – why did you choose to release this project on cassette? It’s something we all grew up with but haven’t seen in so long.

EL: Exactly. The cassette is making a bit of a comeback. This Saturday, October 17th, is actually Cassette Store Day – just like Record Store Day. We didn’t just want to make a digital album; we wanted to make a cassette. The way we mixed and mastered it was designed to be listened to on cassette. We were working within a time-constraint – the cassette is 60 minutes long and we wanted to fill it in entirety. The first 30 minutes, Side A, is 8 tracks of blunted-house, down-tempo, backyard BBQ type music – very chill stuff. Side B is a 30 minute ambient track. It has that listenability for a road-trip or to put on in the backyard at a BBQ, listen to around the house or while you’re writing – whatever you want. I think it came out cool, it’s something different.

AMBY: So you actually had the listening party here at Assemble Sound – what was that like? I saw some giant hanging jellyfish on social media.

EL: We wanted to have an advanced listening party before the orders went out – something to bring all our friends and music industry colleagues together and basically announce the project, which we had kept fairly low-key until it was ready to drop. This project also launched Fat Finger Cosmic which is Blair French’s new record label. We wanted the party to be something different, something very chill. Garret (Koehler of Assemble Sound) offered up the church for the venue and we thought it was a great idea, so we started the planning process. We knew we wanted it to be more like an art installation/listening experience than a record release party so we got a couple of our close homies involved to set the scene. The Prince of Darkness, who does lighting for anyone who is anyone in the Detroit scene, came through on the lights. Talented film-director Andy Miller, from The Right Brothers, had all this awesome aquarium footage from a family vacation, which was perfect, so we projected that onto the walls. Then we wanted something hanging from the ceiling, the church has beautiful high ceilings, and we wanted it to feel like we were underwater, so we had our friend Samantha Banks from Playground Detroit help us build nine giant jellyfish which we then hung from the ceiling. The whole room looked really cool. About half way through the night Garret (Koehler, of Assemble Sound) rang the church bell and said a few words and then we played the cassette, on a cassette player so people could experience it the way we had intended. It was a great experience; super chill vibes. We honestly could not have asked for anything better.

AMBY: To touch back on Andy Miller, the two of you provided some of the soundtrack for the Nick Cave Movie “Up Right: Detroit.” What was that experience like?

EL: Some of our music was used in Up Right: Detroit. The opportunity came through Andy – sometimes when he is working on film projects he will use my music, or other local music. Other times I will help him out by cleaning up some audio.

AMBY: It’s great that he is using local music in his work. What a great way to feed back into the community.

EL: Yeah for sure, he uses a lot of local music because he’s really involved in the local scene and that’s what he’s listening to. A lot of his work involves filming locally and what better soundtrack than the music from the city?

AMBY: When you make music do you find yourself sampling local music?

EL: I do remixes for a lot of artists that I know through local shows and such. I like to remix songs and music that are totally different from what I myself am doing – it’s a fun challenge for both sides. When I’m sampling I sample from everywhere: records, tapes, movies, random sound clips I record myself, a keyboard that was given to me as a child that I still hold on to. The way I make music is like making a collage – it’s layered and there is no one place of origin. Anything, in my opinion, can be chopped and musically manipulated

AMBY: I wanted to talk, for a bit, about your instrumental project ‘Ronnie Remains’ – I understand it has quite an emotional backstory, can you tell us about it?

EL: Ronnie Remains is an instrumental project I put together and released earlier this year after I had a bunch of my equipment stolen from my home studio – my computers, my files, my hard drives, some of my gear, whatever they could carry. After that happened I had to try and piece something together because this is my livelihood – I’m lucky enough to make a living from music and I needed to take action and figure out what to do. A few friends of mine had suggested I start a Go Fund Me campaign and I was hesitant to do so at first because I felt it was my problem not anyone else’s. Also I didn’t even think it was going to work. I didn’t think anyone would want to give me money for new computers, I mean, everybody needs these things; people have their own problems. I ended up doing it, I just thought “what the hell” and gave it a try. I ended up, much to my surprise, hitting my goal in two days which was the craziest and most humbling experience of my life. I think it says a lot about the local music scene and also Detroit in general. People do care and there is a camaraderie here that goes deeper than just showing up and having beers together at the local music venue. People care about each other as human beings and they want to see each other keep going, they don’t want to see you fall apart. So after I had this amazing experience I wanted to give something to the people who helped me rebuild – something more than just saying ‘thank-you’. I wanted to show appreciation and show everyone “I’m still going.” I went through all my emails, searched all the attachments and found beats and tracks I had sent to other artists; a lot of them rough tracks and demos. I picked some tracks I thought could fit together as a project and touched them up with some editing until they ran together as a set. I put it out there for free both as a thank you to those who helped me and also for me to attain some resolution. I needed to say “Ok, that’s it” to all the tracks I had lost and lay them to rest. It was very much an exercise in closure and I needed that in order to be able to let go. Around the same time, Assemble Sound reached out and offered me a space to work, which was huge because it was hard to think about going back to create music in my old space – the burglary ruined the vibe in there. Assemble opened their doors to me and luckily they haven’t kicked me out yet (laughs). I’m forever grateful for the whole Detroit music scene for coming together for me. It has been life changing.

AMBY: That’s really great to hear. Tell us a bit about #CoOwnaz. I see it a lot on social media – what does it mean?

EL: CoOwnaz started off as a saying between my friends, all of us as equals, doing cool shit with the mentality of “walking in with certain swag, like you own the place.” Even though we were starving artists we were just trying to bring that confidence and keep our heads up. It evolved into collective of likeminded people supporting each other. It’s also a way to unite people over social media – if we’re all doing similar things and going to similar places, throw the hashtag #CoOwnaz on there and people can see what everyone is up to. I’m very proud to say that our hashtag is well above 4000 tags on Instagram – that’s #CoOwnaz; everyone is #CoOwnaz. You just need a positive outlook and the ability to be chill.

AMBY: What’s next on the table for Eddie Logix?

EL: Well, I’m working on a few things. This year, after the break-in, I’ve had a lot of time to experiment and also think about new sounds. I’m doing another cassette with Blair French and his label, Fat Finger Cosmic. I’m working with a lot of producers which is somewhat new territory for me – myself and a producer named Pigpen are releasing a project as Mega Powers which is pretty analogue based. I’m also working with a couple vocalists: local rapper Mic Phelps, local rapper Goldzilla and my CoOwnaz brethren Doc Waffles. I’m also putting out a new beat tape, similar to Ronnie Remains. It’s going to be extra dusty; you’re going to have to blow off your keyboard before you listen to it (laughs). I’m just going to ride the wave of experimentation and collaboration and see what comes my way.

AMBY: Sounds exciting! So, to wrap things up, what is something about Eddie Logix that your supporters don’t know yet?

EL: A lot of my supporters don’t know that Eddie is not my real name but they’re going to have to dig deeper to find out what it really is.

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Thank you Eddie Logix, for giving us your answers!

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Interview by Heather Cook | @Outroupistache1

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